Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Lost MacCarthy family archive repatriated to Cork

An archive of family papers for a sept of the Irish MacCarthy family has been repatriated from Oregon USA, to Cork City and County Archives ( in Ireland.

Daniel MacCarthy Glas’s family was directly descended from the 13th century princes of Carbery, the MacCarthy Reaghs and the MacCarthy Glas, based at Togher Castle near Dunmanway in Co Cork. The bulk of the material from his collection, dating from the 1700s and 1800, has been in private storage in the US for over a century, and contains over 1500 items, including a rare 1784 family pedigree of Gaelic prince Jeremiah MacCarthy (Diarmuid an Dúna), as compiled by John Collins of Myross, aka the last bard of Munster.

The story of the collection's discovery, including the role of DNA testing via the McCarthy DNA project, and its repatriation, is available via the Irish Examiner at


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